Plastic pollution in our ocean – Tackling a mammoth task
Between 4 and 12 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. That is equivalent to about one shipping container filled with plastic dumped into the ocean every minute. Once in the ocean, plastic doesn’t disappear. Ocean currents and winds carry it to every corner of the planet and, on top of that, it often takes hundreds of years to decompose, accumulating in the water column or on the seafloor – often with deadly consequences. Up to 1,400 different species are affected by marine litter: they get entangled or injured by rubbish or confuse plastic with food. Once in the food chain, plastic threatens not only animals, but perhaps also humans.
|Event location||Grand Auditorium RBINS, Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels|
|Host||JPI Oceans, the Ocean Plastics Lab and RBINS|
|See the agenda||http://jpi-oceans.eu/sites/jpi-oceans.eu/files/public/Microplastics/OPL/OPL_Bruessel_Einleger_DIN_lang_ENGL_LY03%20%2800000002%29.pdf|
We invite you to join us to learn more about what science and society are doing to understand the problem and to discuss what options there are to find a solution. Ask your questions to scientists and experts in the field and visit the Ocean Plastics Lab, a free exhibition on the Esplanade Solidarność 1980, outside the European Parliament.
The programme of the lecture can be consulted here.